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Child Care Unit, City of Ghent

Child Care Unit, City of Ghent
(+32) 9 268 2080
Geographical Focus
Regional levelInternational level
Type of organisation
Governmental/Public Body
Main Activity Type
Service ProvisionPolicy developmentAdvocacyMonitoring and EvaluationPublishing
Quality PedagogyAccess to ServicesSocial inclusion for Romani and migrant childrenSocial inclusion special needs
Targeted Age Groups
Birth to threeThree to SixSix to TenTen+
Members target groups
ChildrenVulnerable marginilized childrenParents/care-takersEducatorsManagers of servicesPolicy makersLocal authoritiesStudentsPractitioners with migrant backgroundIn-service training providers


The City of Ghent Childcare Center provides day care for more than 6500 children in 74 facilities across the city and collaborates actively with all initiatives involved in early child development on a regional, national and international level.
The City offers daycare for 0 to 3 year olds, an extensive out-of-school care programme supporting kindergarten (2,5 -6 years) and a holiday care service for school children from 3 up to 12 years.
We aim to build and work in a competent system. More than 600 professionally trained caregivers and coordinators and a team of pedagogical experts ensure innovative and visionary quality care. Focus is on total development and wellbeing of the children, participation of children, parents and communities, equal access and engaging vulnerable and disadvantaged families. Our main aim is to offer children equal chances to develop, feel good, participate and relate with people and society, while respecting diversity.
Through this approach, the City of Ghent strives to build a community of responsible citizens who can develop themselves freely and count on the necessary support.


Date: 30-03-2021

Parenting as a Talent for Future Childcare Workers

The Childcare Unit of the city of Ghent, also ISSA member, is training parents as childcare workers. Training related costs are free of charge.

Date: 31-07-2018

Peer Learning Activity - City of Ghent Calls for Expression of Interest

The Childcare Unit of the City of Ghent is currently investigating several opportunities for a Peer Learning Activity which is to be called 'Methods for a Competent Early Childhood System.'

Date: 28-03-2018

City of Ghent develops a mobile child care center

In response to the needs of vunerable families, The City of Ghent Child Care Unit has created an innovative solution—a POP UP childcare center.

Date: 23-11-2017

Video: looking back at ISSA Conference 2017 in Ghent

Our ISSA Conference 2017 video is up. Have a look to see what happened in Ghent. Watch it, and watch is again. Share it. See if you can spot yourself, your colleagues or your peers! A big thank you to all who were involved in this wonderful experience.

Date: 10-10-2017

More than 450 attendees from 60 countries at ISSA 2017 Conference in Ghent

ISSA's 2017 international conference "Local Responses, Global Advances: Towards Competent Early Childhood Systems", attracted over 450 participants from 60 countries from around the world.

Resources and practices

My Green Childcare Booklet

A number of childcare facilities (children under 3 years of age) of the City of Ghent incorporated sustainability and ‘green principles’ in their pedagogical vision and daily practice, engaging children, parents, community and the care team. Each of our childcare centers works from a well-defined, holistic pedagogical vision, focusing on total wellbeing and involvement of children and their environment. The so-called ‘profiled centers’ elaborate a specific aspect of this vision.